- Decision in the Buick Appeal—implications for government decision-making in NI
- What is the background to the case?
- What is the legal basis of the challenge?
- What was the High Court decision?
- What was the Court of Appeal’s judgment?
- Ministerial approval
- What are the implications of this decision?
Public Law analysis: On 6 July 2018 the Northern Ireland (NI) Court of Appeal gave its ruling in the appeal against the decision of the High Court in Buick’s (Colin) Application as Chair Person of NoArc21. Andrew Ryan, partner at TLT Solicitors, argues that the potential implications of the judgment for governance as a whole in NI in the absence of an executive—and without direct rule—are significant. At its heart lies a major question mark over future decision making by NI government departments in the absence of either a devolved executive or direct rule from Westminster—neither of which appear likely in the foreseeable future. Careful analysis of the Court of Appeal’s decision also perhaps raises more questions than it answers.
Sign in or take a trial to read the full analysis.
To continue reading this news article, as well as thousands of others like it, sign in to LexisPSL or register for a free trial